FRB 121102, a fast radio burst signal first picked up in 2012, was just observed emitting many new bursts of energy. Scientists from SETI and Breakthrough Listen were both very excited by the new findings.
ZME Science quotes Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and of the Breakthrough Listen program, who said "Bursts from this source have never been seen at this high a frequency.”
On Saturday, UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher Dr. Vishal Gajjar used the Breakthrough Listen backend instrument at the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to target FRB 121102 once again. After observing for five hours and across the entire 4 to 8 GHz frequency band, Gajjar and the Listen team analyzed the 400 terabytes of data gathered and found 15 new pulses from FRB 121102.
If you're interested in the Breakthrough program, check out their website.
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